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What a silly question, some might say. Who? The fortunate and the privileged…? Or those who are “well-versed” in having their house cleaned by someone else?
Well, if once having a cleaner or a maid was somewhat a thing, reserved for the middle classes, this has changed now. More and more people value their free time these days and choose to entrust their house chores to cleaning companies or self-employed cleaners, even if the expense is felt at the end of the month.
Be it one-time deep cleaning help during the spring and before or after a special event, or regular cleaning assistance – busy families, young working millennials and folks from all walks of life get to a point when they’d rather pay for their precious time and spend it on what they love doing.
But back to the point.
We’ve had many enquiries about the difference between one-off deep cleaning and regular cleaning, as clients (first-timers or not so “well-versed” in having their house cleaned by someone else) sometimes get confused as to what to expect for their hard-earned cash.
So, to set the record straight, clear up misconceptions and appease somewhat unhappy clients whose over-expectations regarding the work of their maid may turn into complaints, we’ll look into everything that sets a thorough one-time clean and regular housekeeping apart.
The clue is in the word ‘deep’, as you can guess.
Deep cleaning of an entire property is rarely done on a regular basis, even by the most fastidious cleaning fanatic, be it a homeowner or a renter. Hence, in the industry, the service is also referred to as one-off deep cleaning. This means that it is ordered just the once and no follow-up assistance is expected by the client. And exactly because the service is purchased as a one-off solution, the buyer can count on their place to be cleaned thoroughly and with strong attention to detail in mind.
Let’s clear one thing, first.
A one-off cleaning service is charged commonly per hour (in the same way regular cleaning is billed). So, what a cleaner will manage to deep clean around your home will largely depend on the amount of time you’ve booked for the service. The more time you allocate for the pro to sanitise your property, the more detailed would be the cleaning.
In general, apart from the unquestionable vacuuming, cobweb removal, mopping and dusting that any house cleaning process involves, you can request various other tasks to be completed in much more detail. Or in other words, areas, features and fixtures that one would normally skip when tidying their home on a weekly basis, can be addressed and deep cleaned, upon request.
Let’s look at an example of what extra you can have scrubbed, polished and washed as part of your one-off deep cleaning service:
Here, we should mention that a one-off deep cleaning service is not a great fit for when you want cleaning help to get your deposit back at the end of a tenancy agreement.
Read on to find out why.
For a start, an end of lease cleaning service is designed to make a rental property in a rentable state. And don’t confuse the above with the regular cleaning of short lets, such as Airbnb properties.
The service can be purchased by the tenant who’s got a security deposit at stake or by the landlord who will deduct from the tenant’s deposit, in order to have their property cleaned to a high standard.
Here are some major differences between the two deep cleaning service options:
Here, the name doesn’t say it all.
Yep, a cleaner comes to your home on a regular basis for a few hours, be it once a week, fortnightly or once every month, but the differences between regular cleaning and deep cleaning don’t stop here.
The main difference between housekeeping and a deep cleaning service is that the maid or cleaner can do so much in the hours that they have been booked for. They shouldn’t be asked to meticulously scrub the tiles and grout in the bathroom, for instance, while there are still vacuuming, mopping and dusting waiting to be done. The pro usually follows the client’s instructions and a priority task list, which can be changed at times by the client. For example, the customer may ask for their interior windows to be cleaned once a month, while in the rest of the weekly visits, only the window sills to be wiped clean.
In addition, apart from the common housekeeping tasks like vacuuming of floors and upholstered furniture, dusting of surfaces, mopping and tidying up the kitchen and bathroom, the maid (who is always the same one, every time) can be assigned to do the following:
So, to sum up, a regular cleaner is usually responsible for doing the light housework in a said household, where tasks can be different, according to the client’s cleaning needs. Often, there’s a trusty relationship, gradually built between the helper and the homeowner to the extent that the maid/cleaner is treated as if they’re part of the family, believe it or not.
Right, then, there are, of course, some limits as to what you can expect from your regular cleaner.
No, don’t frown!
It’s simply bad taste, if not outright illegal, to ask your maid to mind your toddler, while you pop to the hairdresser’s. The same goes for hoping that the cleaner can look after your ailing dad (just for a bit, in your mind), who has just moved in with you.
Also, don’t ask the maid to cook meals or prepare food, move and lift heavy items, furniture, boxes, etc. The cleaner has no business in your garden, either, unless you’ve asked them to quickly wipe the garden table and chairs.
We hope that now you’ve got a clearer picture of the difference between regular cleaning and deep cleaning services. Here are some final thoughts on the matter:
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